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Mana wāhine perspectives for waka ama and hauora

36 months
Approved budget:
Ms Kay Berryman
Health issue:
Wellbeing (autonomy self-determination)
Proposal type:
Māori Health PhD Scholarship
Lay summary
The purpose of this research is to investigate the perspectives and experiences of a total of twenty Māori women (10) and Indigenous women (10) waka ama paddlers about Mātauranga/Indigenous Knowledge (Mātauranga/IK). It aims to explore the impact of waka ama on the overall Hauora (well-being) of these women and examine the cultural, social, political, and environmental factors that contribute to the perceived benefits of waka ama within their communities. Additionally, the research seeks to identify opportunities for integrating and enriching Mātauranga Māori/IK within the context of waka ama, promoting the revitalization and relevance of traditional knowledge systems. The research will be guided by Kaupapa Māori principles, ensuring a culturally grounded and respectful approach that empowers participants and is mana-enhancing.